Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Shoren-in temple is one of the five Monzeki temples of the Tendai sect in Kyoto; the head priests at these temples originally belonged to the imperial family. The atmosphere at the temple is solemn and peaceful, similar to the ambiance of the Imperial Palace; this kind of an environment can only be found at Shoren-in temple. For all the abovementioned reasons and more, make sure to visit Shoren-in temple when visiting Higashiyama in Kyoto. Further, we recommend a visit to Shogunzuka Dainichi temple, which is an isolated structure within Shorenin temple estate. In Shogunzuka Dainichi-do temple compound, there are two observatories that offer visitors a view of the entire city of Kyoto; there is also a garden that boasts of the natural beauty of the four seasons.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Travis SC
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Well ... The view of the temple is amazing—from the mountains to the gardens and ponds, it is truly something out of a fairytale.
Written 26 August 2023
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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand781 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Shoren-in Temple is a captivating Kyoto gem! The fusuma adorned with peacocks and cranes create a breathtaking ambiance. Majestic camphor trees stand tall, adding to the serenity. The lovely garden, a masterpiece of tranquility, enchants with every step. A truly mesmerizing experience, immersing visitors in the essence of Japanese art and nature.
Written 21 July 2023
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Victorya D
55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This temple looks more like a traditional Japanese home with tatami mats and open walls into garden. This is a must do if you want a glimpse into historical Japan.
Written 16 April 2023
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ManchesterAlbion
Manchester824 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
Shoren-in is often neglected, bypassed by people on their way to Chion-in next door. But this is a super temple that allows you to effectively walk through a beautiful house and explore equally beautiful gardens. The access offered the visitor is a real feature of this place, which is very memorable indeed.
Written 24 November 2022
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Erkki N
Finland884 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Shoren-in has a stroll garden you can also view from the temple veranda. One side of the garden has a pond with islands and a miniature stone pagoda in the background, while other only has a moss-covered field and ancient, huge trees. A special feature of the temple is the colourful curtains veiling one of the halls. Competition between temples is hard in Kyoto, to be honest I could probably pass this one.
Written 9 August 2020
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HappySundays
Narrabeen, Australia128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I first visited Shoren-in about 30 years ago. Fortunately it is off the tourist trail and sees few visitors. Sitting on the vast tatami matted room looking out over the garden is one of my favourite things in the whole world. Impossible to define. Some of the camphor trees at Shoren-in are 800 years old. A must to see.
Written 3 December 2019
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William S
Kobe, Japan1,426 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Shoren-in is a beautiful, peaceful and restful temple that is not so much on the tourist trail. Perhaps the abundance of temples in the area leaves fewer to visit here. But it is worth the trip for the gardens alone. Gorgeous views and beautiful buildings.
Written 27 October 2019
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Jermy D
London, UK14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
After getting our long way there, we were told by this totally unfriendly guy, sitting next to the tripadvisor excellence logo, that we cannot enter wearing kimono. Which is what almost 50% of Kyoto tourists are wearing, and that wasn’t a problem in the other 15+ other temples that we visited. Actually the talk was “no kimono” and when asked why, the guy closed his counter and went behind. These guys really know how to welcome tourists. NOT RECOMMENDED and do many other places to see. Go give your 1000 yen to someone else.
Written 10 August 2019
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angmohgao
United States412 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
For some reason the tour groups skip this place. It's the former home of the emperor. Really important and beautiful place. Take time to relax and enjoy it.
Written 15 July 2019
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petertaylor57
Auckland Central, New Zealand422 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Once again, depending on where you start your Higashiyama trek, you will probably visit this one. It's a pleasant enough place with a small stone garden, the main thing being the moss garden which was in pretty poor condition when I was there. However, worth a visit and perhaps half an hour of your time.
Written 8 June 2019
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